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Summer in Style


When it comes to fashion, it's that time of year where comfort is important above all -- but that doesn't mean you can't still present yourself with style.

Whether you're off to a formal event or staying in for a casual night with friends, there's a right way to dress for any occasion. Below, we'll tell you how.

For Formal Events
There's a reason linen suits are a summer staple -- crisp and classic, linen, and its relaxed feel, is a vacation unto itself. Navy and gray suits tend to be the most popular, but you can really inject some flair and personality into your outfits with bright, buoyant accessories -- maybe a vivid gingham shirt or a madras pocket square. A punchy-looking tie or eye-catching bag could also do the trick. Looking for a nice alternative to linen? Unlined cotton suits have a casual and stylish nonchalance about them (and they were all over the runways during Fashion Week).

For Casual Office or Weekends
Something else demonstrated during Fashion Week: There's no going wrong when you're going nautical. Striped tops, cropped shorts (mid-thigh), and pants cut just above the ankle all make for fabulous summer looks. Slim-cut, brightly colored khakis are equally fun, comfortable, and noticeable. Opt out of the flip-flop, because this summer is all about the espadrille shoe. White canvas shoes and high-top boat shoes are also keen choices. A great way to add some extra mileage to your outfit is with Native American-inspired prints, which will add a refreshing burst of spice to your look.

For the Beach
Square-cut briefs or mid-thigh swim trunks are the way to go (but avoid over-the-top graphics or patterns). A nice loose tank top or lightweight cotton shirt is a good cover up, and sunglasses with opaque, semi-transparent frames are the hot choice for summer shades. Remember to go liberal with the sunscreen to avoid sun damage! Lobster-red is never in season, particularly when it's branded across your face.

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